Less Invasive Procedure May Treat Fibroids Without Harming Fertility

A simple procedure may help women who are suffering from fibroids without jeopardizing their future fertility, a new study suggests.

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) blocks blood flow to fibroids so they stop growing or shrink. But the technique hasn’t been recommended for women who hope to conceive since it was unclear if blood flow might also be blocked to the uterus itself, the researchers explained.

According to prior studies, fertility issues strike one of every four women with fibroids, which are benign, muscular tumors on the uterus. The standard treatment for these women is a myomectomy, or surgical removal of the fibroids. However, UFE is an easier, less invasive procedure, the researchers said.

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